Eid El-Adha brings a bundle of cinematic treats to Egyptian theatres
Ahram Online, Saturday 2 Sep 2017
Ahram Online reviews some of the new movies out this holiday weekend, including some gripping political dramas and lighthearted comedies


Cinema-goers have much to look forward to this Eid El-Adha break, with a range of new films on offer, including political and historical dramas and several comedies.

Among this season’s newcomers are the dramas El Kenz (The Treasure) and El Khaleya (The Cell).

Directed by Sherif Arafa and Omar Roushdy Hamed, El Kenz is a historical drama set in three different time periods: the Pharaonic era, the Mamluk era, and the first half of the twentieth century.

The film addresses the issues of corruption, the involvement of religion in politics and the abuse of power through the ages. It stars popular actors Mohamed Ramadan, Mohamed Saad, Hend Sabry and Amina Khalil.

Tareq El-Eryan and Diaa Habib’s El Khaleya is a drama starring Ahmed Ezz, Samer El-Masrei, Mohamed Mamdouh and Amina Khalil. The film tells the story of a special-operations officer hunting down terrorist cells. It depicts the struggles of security forces in combating terrorism and the challenges they face in their work.

Eid Al-Adha will also see the premiers of numerous comedy flicks.

Sameh Abdel Aziz’s comedy Khair Wa Baraka follows the story of two brothers looking for work. The pair find themselves in many strange and comedic situations, as they take up jobs in fields about which they know nothing. The film stars Ali Rabie, Mohamed Abdel-Rahman and Tara Emad.

Ahmed Abdallah’s comedy Shantet Hamza (Hamza’s Bag) follows the story of a professional conman, played by Hamada Hilal, who falls in love with a powerful woman, only to find that she used to work for a well-known criminal gang.

Yet another comedy hitting the cinemas is Morqos Adel and Mohamed Bedir’s Bath Mobasher (Live Broadcasting). The action takes place in the course of one night, during which a suspended police officer named Faris finds himself caught in a series of strange events, involving corruption, businessmen, and high-ranking officials. His adventure is broadcast online by a social-media user.

One last addition to the list of comedies showing during Eid is Hani Hamdy and Sayed El Sobki’s Aman Ya Sahabi, starring Saad El-Soghayar, Mahmoud Ellithy, Abdel Basset Hamouda and Safinaz.

The film follows two singers who live on Mohamed Ali Street, in poor social and financial conditions. When a friend suggests that they marry two well-off women to profit from their wealth, the pair set out on a quest to win over the ladies’ hearts. However, they soon find themselves in conflict with the women’s brothers.

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